“Kahit ilang buwan na ang nakalipas mula nang humagupit ang Super Typhoon Odette, hindi pa rin titigil and Philippine Red Cross sa pagpapadala ng tulong sa ating mga kababayan,” Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon said.
Since starting its response to Typhoon Odette in Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova town, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has now distributed more than one million liters of water to affected residents of Lapu-Lapu City and the municipality of Cordova. Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova were among those hardest hit by Super Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai), which made landfall in the Philippines on December 16, 2021. Super Typhoon Odette affected 353 cities and municipalities, destroying or damaging more than one million houses in the Philippines.
PRC continues its assistance to Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova. As of March 31, 2022, it has conducted hygiene promotion activities among 65,966 individuals. It has also served hot meals to 3,166 persons and given jerry cans, mosquito nets, and tarpaulin to 451 families, among other forms of assistance.
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan, on the city’s Public Information Office Facebook page, said the city’s doors are now open to welcome everyone, both local and foreign tourists, as long as they are vaccinated.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) rolls out its Bakuna Bus to vaccinate 333 individuals in Saint Louise De Marillac College of Bogo (SLMCB) and persons deprived of liberty (ODL) in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Bogo City, last October 10, 2021.
PRC Cebu Chapter, through the leadership of Chapter Administrator Vera De Jesus Patel, mobilized its Bakuna Bus along with its staff and volunteers to fully vaccinate 248 individuals, while 84 individuals received their first dose.
“No one should be left behind,” as PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon stressed the importance of vaccination even for the persons in Jail. “Mahalagang mabakunahan natin ang lahat kasama ang mga nasa kulungan. Ang bakuna ay ang pinaka epektibong proteksyon kontra COVID-19,” Gordon added.
PRC Cebu Chapter continues to deploy its Bakuna Buses in partnership with the local government unit to provide vaccination programs for residents who want to get protected from COVID-19 areas with no access to vaccines.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) conducted vaccination programs even on weekdays and inoculated 327 individuals from Brgy. Looc, Mandaue, Cebu and Brgy. Camp 4, Talisay, Cebu, through its Bakuna Buses last October 03, 2021.
Through the directives of PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, PRC continues to deploy its bakuna buses in the different areas in Cebu. The Bakuna Bus deployment will enable PRC to conduct vaccination drives in far-flung areas where residents don’t have access to COVID-19 vaccines.
“Tuloy-tuloy ang ating Philippine Red Cross sa pagbabakuna sa mga malalayong lugar. Nagpapasalamat ako sa ating mga bus donors sa pagpapahiram ng mga buses upang mas mapabilis ang ating pagbabakuna sa mga walang kakayahan makapunta sa mga bakuna centers,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC Cebu chapter headed by its administrator Atty. Vera De Jesus Patel continues to conduct humanitarian initiatives for the residents of Cebu through the deployment of food trucks, hygiene promotion activities, and continuous testing for Cebu residents.
Recently, the PRC Cebu chapter finalized its partnership with Angkas and will soon introduce the home service Saliva RT-PCR test to make it more convenient for clients who want to get tested for COVID-19.